Against All Things Ending : The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant Paperback
Desperate for help to find her adopted son, Jeremiah, Linden Avery has resurrected Thomas Covenant in a cataclysmic exertion of Earthpower and wild magic. But the consequences of her efforts are more terrible than she could have imagined. Sorcery on that scale has awakened the Worm of the World's End: the ultimate end of all Time, and therefore of all life, has been set in motion. And on a more personal level, the results are no less extreme. The stress of reincarnation so many centuries after his death has fractured Covenant's mind. He cannot tell Linden where to find her son. And his leprosy has renewed its grip on him, inexorably killing his nerves.
The Ranyhyn had tried to warn her. Now, plunged to depths of desperation and despair for which she is entirely unprepared, Linden seeks radical responses to the dilemmas she has created. Searching for Jeremiah, and accompanied only by a few friends and allies - some of them unwilling - she takes chances that threaten her sanity, forcing her to confront the Land's most fearsome secrets. Dreadful futures hinge on all of her choices, and she and her companions are driven beyond the limits of their endurance. Yet she still walks paths laid out for her by the Despiser, and his forces are ready ...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 752 pages, 1 maps
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 08/09/2011
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9780575083431
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Review by reading_fox
As so the story rumbles onwards in Donaldson's unique longwinded and verbose style that yet somehow contrives to remain exciting and enthralling at the same time. This is the 9th installment of Thomas Covenant who died back in book 6, and the penultimate book of his adventures. It is not in anyway readable as a standalone, and at very least the two preceding books of this quadrology should be read first. Ideally you'd want to read those book immediately before embarking on this tome. I didn't, having last read them at the time of the publication of the 2nd book at least 18 months ago, and initially I found matters somewhat confusing before I caught up sufficiently with events.Thomas has been re-incarnated by a passionate Linden, who has contrived to bestir the Worm At The End of The World in the process. All powerful and intelligent entities in the Land are aghast at this Desecration which will bring down the Arch of Time, freeing Despite form his Eons of imprisonment. Linden believes Thomas is the only person with enough power to oppose Despite, despite (ha) Thomas' continual protestations to the contrary, and her own evident powerful deeds. Meanwhile her son remains lost to her, Thomas' son Roger continues to bedevil them (lusting after the white gold as a chance to make himself immortal) and their various other nemeses' are still around. Thomas doesn't cope well with re-incarnation after being a dis-embodied spirit adrift int eh Arch of Time, he isn't built to remember eons of history, and keeps drifting into reminiscences rather than dealing with the crisis at the present moment. In terms of new directions now that Linden has dealt with the immediate threat to the land (as she sees it) her sole goal is to redeem her son, and to that end she eventually accepts the Harrow's bargain and surrenders both the White Gold and the Staff of Law to him. Hr transfers the party to the Lost Deep, first home of the Viles...This unfortunately didn't quite grab me as much as some of Donaldson's works have done. I'm still not convinced about the existence of this entire adduct to the original series, and this books feels far too much like a filler. Some events have to take place before the grand finale and showdown, but I'm not sure that 1000pages are necessary for them. We are again being introduced to new characters/abilities that should have been present in the earlier books but weren't. Little inconsistencies like this matter to me, and detract from the grandeur the series is trying to establish. Equally having Covenant remember occasional useful bits of information from his Time in the Arch seemed far too contrived as a plot resolution.I don't normally have an issue with Donaldson's expansive vocabulary, he knows a lot of words, and generally the meaning is clear even if I can't be bothered to look up the precise infections imparted by the specific words he uses. However he seemed to be writing particularly obscurely this time out, with a higher than usual preponderance of really exotic adjectives. All that said, this is still a good book with poetical descriptions of beguiling characters, deepset motivations and personal courage. It is nowhere near as dark in imagery as some of Donaldson's work and enjoyable throughout. It just isn't as good as some of his other works. Can't wait two years? for the last and concluding episode to be published though.